Radiant heating systems deliver heat to your home through radiators or radiant floor systems—the system itself usually includes a central boiler and a water heater or heat pump system with piping. A radiant heat system uses steam, hot water, or electricity to heat your home through thermal radiation.
There are two different types of radiant heating that are usually installed in homes. The most common application is burying hot-water tubes or electric wires underneath the floor. As these wires or pipes heat up, the thermal radiation creates a constant, comfortable temperature by warming up the floor, which radiates that captured heat.
Here are two most common systems that we’re asked about:
Electric Radiant Floors
Electric radiant floors are usually a series of electric cables that are built into the floor. They can also be installed as mats of electrically conductive plastic that are installed below tile or linoleum.
One of the biggest disadvantages of electric radiant floors is the cost to use them—electricity is expensive. To maximize your costs, you should ensure that you have a system that retains heat well (i.e. thick concrete).
If you charge a piece of concrete that is significantly large enough to heat your home, you can use that stored heat for up to 10 hours before you have to use electricity to re-charge it. Electric radiant floors can also be used on home additions that don’t have existing ductwork .
Hydronic Radiant Floors
Hydronic, or liquid systems are the most cost-effective radiant heat system. It pumps heated water from a boiler through tubing laid in a pattern under the floor to warm a home. A hydronic radiant floor has a lot of variables that factor into the cost of installing the system, such as the size of your home, how much insulation you have covering the floor, and more.
As you can see, there are two ways to go when it comes to radiant heat installation- but you don’t have to make that decision on your own. Let Pro HVAC Service connect you with a local HVAC pro to help you figure out the best radiant heat system for your needs.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Radiant Heating:
Why should you install radiant heating over a central heating system?
- Radiant heating is much quieter than a forced-air heating system.
- You’ll feel warmer at lower temperatures—radiant heat makes the room feel warmer, making you feel more comfortable at a temperature that would feel cold with a traditional heating system.
- You have better control of where and when your heat is used.
Unfortunately, all heating systems have their drawbacks:
- Radiant heating systems cost 40% to 60% more to install compared to forced air heating systems.
- There’s no way to cool your home—since you can’t easily combine this system with any existing systems, you need another solution like a ductless air conditioner to cool your home when necessary.
- Unlike a boiler or forced air system, the air in your home isn’t filtered—this could increase the chances of allergy flare-ups and asthma attacks.
Although you might not use this system to heat your entire home, it is very effective in individual rooms, add-ons, and spaces where you’d like to have a consistent room temperature (like a kitchen or garage).
Approximate Costs of Radiant Heating Systems
All radiant heating prices vary depending on the quality of the unit you select, the labor and materials required, and any additional costs for delivery. Please request a quote for more detailed information!
Electric Radiant Heating can cost anywhere from $600 to $6000 depending on the square footage you want to cover, while hydronic radiant heating averages around $6,000 to $14,000.
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